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PNS Daily Newscast - July 20, 2018.  


Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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Public News Service - PA: Smoking Prevention

A study found 81 percent of kids who use tobacco started with a flavored product. (lexphumirat/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Assembly has stepped in to stop Philadelphia from adding its own regulations for tobacco sales. The state budget signed by Gov. Tom Wolf contains an amendment that prohibits Philadelphia from enacting regulations that would help prevent young people from bec

Almost 25 percent of Pennsylvania high-school students are using e-cigarettes. (rolandmey/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State lawmakers were urged on Tuesday to end exemptions to Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act. Almost 81,000 Pennsylvanians will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and close to 30,000 will die of cancer-related causes. Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers spent the day aski

Even 37 percent of smokers in Pennsylvania told pollsters they'd favor smoke-free workplace laws. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than two-thirds of Pennsylvania voters favor passing a law that would prohibit smoking inside all workplaces in the state, according to a new poll from Breathe Free Pennsylvania. In the survey, 69 percent of voters said they support legislation to close loopholes in the state

Smoking-related illness adds $6.3 Billion to Pennsylvania health-care costs annually. (realworkhard/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has made some progress in its efforts to reduce cancer risks and deaths, but a new report says the state could do more. Tobacco still is the leading cause of preventable cancer in the state, accounting for almost 28 percent of cancer deaths and more than $6.3 b

The 2008 Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking in some bars and restaurants, private clubs and casinos. (DucDigital/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill has been introduced to eliminate exemptions in Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Law. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death nationwide, and every year secondhand smoke kills about 42,000 non-smokers nationally. Pennsylvania spends more than $6.3 billion ann

Smoking-related illness costs Pennsylvania $6 billion a year. (CDC/freestockphotos.biz)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Keystone State received praise from anti-smoking advocates for raising tobacco taxes, but a new report said legislators could do more to help fight cancer. The latest edition of the American Cancer Society's annual report rated every state on ten areas of public policy

Raising the cigarette tax $1 would prevent 48,100 kids from starting to smoke, according to advocates of the increase. (Valentin Ottone/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A dollar a pack: that's the call from a coalition of health groups who want Pennsylvania to raise the tax on cigarettes. The American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and the American Heart Association have issued the call to state legislators. The groups say tobacco cause

More than 18 percent of high school youth in Pennsylvania are smokers. (karosieben/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – More than 18 percent of high school-aged youth in the Keystone State are smokers, but a new report says Pennsylvania's efforts to curb tobacco use are very underfunded. The annual report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says last year, the state spent $13.8 million on

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